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Alimony basics and why it is important

Alimony can be crucial for one divorcing spouse, however, it may also be something the other spouse objects to paying. Alimony is a payment made by one former spouse to the other. It is intended to offset any negative economic impact associated with the divorce.

There are circumstances when one spouse may have remained at home to care for the household or children rather than pursuing a career or may have supported or contributed to the development and advancement of the other spouse's career while their career aspirations may have suffered. Alimony is intended to help the non-waging earning or lower-wage earning spouse and may be awarded permanently or to help them transition.

In general, several factors will be considered when determining an award of alimony and the duration of that award. Factors that will be considered include the age, physical condition, emotional condition and financial condition of the spouses; the couple's standard of living during their marriage; how long the couple has been married; the length of time the former spouse receiving alimony will need to obtain the education or training needed to become self-sufficient; and the ability of the paying spouse to support both the spouse receiving alimony and themselves.

Alimony is an important consideration during divorce and can have a tremendous impact on the lives of both parties which is why it can sometimes lead to disputes. Understanding how it is awarded can help divorcing couples better negotiate the issue and both request or object to an award of alimony to help them resolve their concerns related to alimony during their divorce.

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